John Altobelli's Orange Coast College baseball team opened its season as scheduled, two days after Altobelli was killed in the helicopter crash that also took the life of Kobe Bryant. Altobelli's wife and 13-year-old daughter also died in the crash, along with Bryant's daughter and four others. The 56-year-old Altobelli coached at Orange Coast for 27 seasons. His son, J.J., a scout for the Boston Red Sox, and his 16-year-old daughter Lexi were on hand for the season opener. Players and coaches said playing the game on Opening Day was the best way to honor Altobelli.

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