Atlanta Braves pitcher Grant Dayton woke up this morning, his 33rd birthday, knowing what the colors of a baseball look like, thanks to a gift from his wife. Dayton, who is color blind, received his gift Tuesday when his wife, Cori, had him put on special glasses made by EnChroma that allow the four-year MLB veteran to see colors.
“I just can’t believe a baseball really looks like that,” Grant told WFTS-Tampa Bay, who was there with a camera rolling as the pitcher saw a baseball in color for the first time. “Oh my gosh. I was afraid these wouldn’t work,” he added.
The only problem I can see here is that Cori has raised the bar pretty high for Grant’s birthday gifts. Where do you go from here? You literally just gave your husband the gift of being able to see the seams on a baseball in HD color for the first time in his life. Getting him a set of DEWALT battery-powered tools for his 40th will be great and all, but it’ll sure be hard to top his 33rd birthday gift.
Perhaps Cori should create a list of places Grant needs to see in color and then knock them off the list for his birthday from here on out. Hawaii in color. Asheville, NC during the fall. What’s that cliffside place in Greece where all the Instagram models take photos? Santorini? Maybe a trip to Holland during the tulip bloom.
At this point, there’s no going back to gifts of golf balls and Costco polo shirts in the Dayton household. Grant has seen the light.
Something very interesting from the WFTS report is that Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus are also both color blind. Nicklaus said this year that he never knew Tiger had color issues and then talked about his own issues.
“I didn’t know I was color blind until I was 29 years old,” Nicklaus told Golf.com. “I went through flight safety school to get a pilot’s license. Did the simulator, passed everything. The only thing I had to finish up to get my pilot’s license was a physical. And in the physical, they had a book for color blindness. And I saw nothing. I mean, absolutely nothing. The guy looked at me and he says, ‘Jack, you are the most color blind person I’ve ever tested.’ I had to try to see the difference between a white light and a green light at night. I couldn’t.”