Derek Jeter has last home opener

Early in the season, Jeter has moved up in the franchise and Major League Baseball's record books. Jeter has played in 20 seasons, which is the most in team history, breaking a tie with Rivera. On Sunday, Jeter passed Paul Molitor to move into eighth place on the all-time hits list. With 3,320 hits, Jeter needs 99 more to pass Carl Yastrzemski for seventh.

In 2013, the Yankees' season was highlighted by Rivera's farewell, culminating last September, when Jeter and Pettitte came out to the mound to remove him during his final appearance of his career.

"The last time that I pitched there was a good moment," Rivera said. "When these guys took me out of the game. I had great time [on Monday]."

While enjoying all the tributes, Jeter says he cannot lose sight of the fact that he has to prepare to perform.

"I get the fact that I have to play a game," Jeter said. "I have to play a season. I think not enjoying is not the right way to put it. I think balancing it is the better way to put it."

With five championship rings, beginning in 1996, Jeter has become the team's most popular player over the past two decades.

"I've always had a great relationship with the fans," Jeter said. "They've pretty much saw me grow up since I was 20 years old."

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