NEW YORK -- The focus of Monday's Yankees home opener was on shortstop Derek Jeter, who played in his final Opening Day game at Yankee Stadium.
The 39-year-old Jeter received a standing ovation in his first at bat and a rousing reception from the home crowd during pregame introductions.
He also received praise from Showalter, who was Jeter's first big league manager when Jeter debuted with the Yankees in 1995.
"He's somebody who baseball should be proud of," Showalter said. "He understands the responsibility that comes with his tenure here. … I was lucky. It was an honor. … I'd [much] rather him not be playing today, seriously. It's like your grandmother making you go out and getting switches to whip your own butt with. You don't want to do that.