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Colorblind Atlanta Braves pitcher Grant Dayton sees color for first time thanks to gift from wife

"I just can't believe a baseball really looks like that"
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Posted at 6:15 PM, Nov 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-24 18:15:19-05

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — With the help of a special gift from his wife, a Major League Baseball player saw living color for the first time on Tuesday.

Grant Dayton didn't even know he was colorblind until 10 years ago when he got Lasik surgery.

"He always jokes about him not being colorblind just because it's his normal vision. He knows no different," said his wife, Cori.

But now the Atlanta Braves pitcher, who lives in Winter Haven, does know the difference.

His wife Cori surprised him with special EnChroma glasses for colorblindness.

When Grant put them on, he was almost speechless.

"Oh my gosh. I was afraid these wouldn't work," he said.

Grant, who only sees about 10% of colors, says everything looks more vibrant with the glasses on— especially the red on his Braves jersey and the stitches on the baseball.

"I'm not convinced that I could have been a hitter if I could have seen the laces and the spin better. But I just can't believe a baseball really looks like that," he said.

According to EnChroma, one in 12 men are colorblind. For women, it's much less common.

"Oh man, it makes everything else look brown when I take them off," said Grant as he removed the glasses.

Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Vinny Testaverde and Christian McCaffrey are just a few of the high profile athletes who are also colorblind.

To take a test for colorblindness, go to https://enchroma.com/pages/color-blind-test.