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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

The Orioles became the first professional sports team to wear Braille jerseys

The Orioles hosted the Blue Jays for a regular, regular-season game on Tuesday night. Camden Yards looked as beautiful as always, fans were munching on crab dip and waffle fries and baseball players were playing baseball.

But there was one cool, new added element to the uniforms of the home team. The Orioles had their team and player names spelled out in Braille—becoming the first team in professional sports history to do so.

Fans were also given Braille alphabet cards so they could spell out their favorite players.

QLE Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:51 AM | 52 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: September 19, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5747370)
The Orioles became the first professional sports team to wear Braille jerseys


Straight line of the year.
   2. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 12:22 PM (#5747371)
The Orioles had their team and player names spelled out in Braille—becoming the first team in professional sports history to do so.

Yeah, this is not useful for blind people. The issue is not that they're unable to read English.

Is it just to raise awareness?
   3. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 19, 2018 at 12:24 PM (#5747375)
As you probably read in the tweet above, the O's were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Federation for the Blind moving its headquarters to Baltimore.
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 12:29 PM (#5747381)
As you probably read in the tweet above, the O's were celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Federation for the Blind moving its headquarters to Baltimore.


OK. But it would still have been nice if they could have figured out something to make the games actually more accessible to blind people.

Maybe, in stadium play-by-play announcing for that game? They could just pump the radio feed through the loudspeakers.
   5. Nasty Nate Posted: September 19, 2018 at 12:31 PM (#5747382)

Maybe, in stadium play-by-play announcing for that game?
This already exists, according to most hackneyed sports movies.
   6. PreservedFish Posted: September 19, 2018 at 12:34 PM (#5747384)
Perhaps they allowed the blind to grope the upper backs of the players before the game.
   7. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 12:37 PM (#5747388)
Perhaps they allowed the blind to grope the upper backs of the players before the game.

Looking at the pictures in TFA, they wouldn't have been able to read it. The "Braille" lettering isn't raised, it's 2-D only.
   8. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 19, 2018 at 12:38 PM (#5747390)
This already exists, according to most hackneyed sports movies.
Oh, man, that's a pet peeve of mine. So stupid, and so unnecessary.
   9. bobm Posted: September 19, 2018 at 12:40 PM (#5747393)
OK. But it would still have been nice if they could have figured out something to make the games actually more accessible to blind people.

They could have had an umpiring crew of Joe West, Laz Diaz, CB Bucknor, and Angel Hernandez.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 19, 2018 at 12:43 PM (#5747398)
But it would still have been nice if they could have figured out something to make the games actually more accessible to blind people.
For starters, don't subject them to Orioles games. I'm not even sure that's legal under the ADA.
   11. Nasty Nate Posted: September 19, 2018 at 12:43 PM (#5747399)
Perhaps they allowed the blind to grope the upper backs of the players before the game.
Touchy like!
   12. Morty Causa Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:02 PM (#5747412)
Okay, I sense there's an old Playboy joke/cartoon trying to surface here.
   13. stig-tossled, hornswoggled gef the typing mongoose Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:05 PM (#5747414)
Okay, I sense there's an old Playboy joke/cartoon trying to surface here.


And also something about umpires.
   14. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:08 PM (#5747416)
All the players wore sunglasses the entire game.
   15. geonose Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:10 PM (#5747420)
The "Braille" lettering isn't raised, it's 2-D only.

Sorry, no, it's not Braille then.

Braille
brāl
noun
1.
a form of written language for blind people, in which characters are represented by patterns of raised dots that are felt with the fingertips.
   16. Crispix Attacksel Rios Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:11 PM (#5747422)
The Orioles became the first professional sports team to wear Wingdings jerseys
   17. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:20 PM (#5747434)
Sorry, no, it's not Braille then.

I agree. It's a 2-D depiction of braille.
   18. SoSH U at work Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:22 PM (#5747437)
I agree. It's a 2-D depiction of braille.


Isn't that Braille for the sighted?

   19. PreservedFish Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:26 PM (#5747440)
I knew a blind guy in college, from a wealthy Persian family. He had access to this government library of books on tape, with a special player that allowed him to play the tapes at a variety of speeds. Maybe this is common knowledge but I thought it was pretty neat. This was around 2000. I believe he later became a drug dealer. A blind wealthy Persian drug dealer. This sounds like a movie, but I don't know the ending, because I lost touch.
   20. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:26 PM (#5747441)
Isn't that Braille for the sighted?

I guess, but that's pretty pointless. Are their any sighted persons who can read Braille English but not written English?
   21. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:27 PM (#5747443)
A blind wealthy Persian drug dealer.

How did he know his clients were giving him the right amount of money?
   22. SoSH U at work Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:28 PM (#5747444)
I guess, but that's pretty pointless.


I didn't say it had a point.
   23. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:29 PM (#5747445)
How did he know his clients were giving him the right amount of money?
I'm assuming he had to have had colleagues. A blind solo drug dealer would seem to be fairly easy to apprehend.
   24. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:29 PM (#5747446)
I agree that flat braille is pointless.
   25. Mellow Mouse, Benevolent Space Tyrant Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:29 PM (#5747447)
I agree. It's a 2-D depiction of braille.


I clicked this thread thinking "That sounds kind of dumb" and learned ... "nope, it is much dumber than that!"

I guess it is a nice gesture.
   26. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:35 PM (#5747452)
I'd like to see a brief exhibition of beep ball as part of that day's events.
   27. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:35 PM (#5747453)
Next season they'll have a special night for deaf people where the stadium PA is turned up really loud.
   28. Random Transaction Generator Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:48 PM (#5747461)
I guess it is a nice gesture.

That's all it was supposed to be. They are celebrating, and giving attention to, the national headquarters for the NFB in Baltimore.
If a bunch of kids ask their parents what the dots are for, and that leads to a discussion about blindness and how some people overcome that, then that is good.

Next season they'll have a special night for deaf people where the stadium PA is turned up really loud.

Actually, they could do without any PA announcements/music at all, and simply have a video display of someone doing ASL for all the names/announcements.
That would both be a refreshing and an interesting way to raise awareness for the deaf.
   29. PreservedFish Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:52 PM (#5747466)
Wooooooosh
   30. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:52 PM (#5747468)
Actually, they could do without any PA announcements/music at all, and simply have a video display of someone doing ASL for all the names/announcements. That would both be a refreshing and an interesting way to raise awareness for the deaf.
I like it. Although then deaf fans would be like, "Wait, what's this stupid 'DAY-O' thing they keep signing?"
   31. bobm Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:54 PM (#5747471)
How did he know his clients were giving him the right amount of money?

Ray Charles insisted on being paid in singles.
   32. Joe Bivens is NOT a clueless numpty Posted: September 19, 2018 at 01:55 PM (#5747473)
Are their any sighted persons who can read Braille English but not written English?


It allows people to interpret the players' names in a blind person's native tongue.


Signed,

Ken M.
   33. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 19, 2018 at 02:13 PM (#5747493)
To make it similar to braille that isn't braille, they could have a video display of someone doing ASL, who doesn't actually know ASL.
   34. Morty Causa Posted: September 19, 2018 at 02:27 PM (#5747507)
I'm on hold for a team that will have a Semaphore-Bat Day at the Park. Players and coaches will use semaphores to signal, and free semaphore-bats will be handed out to all quadriplegia fans.
   35. PepTech, the Legendary Posted: September 19, 2018 at 02:34 PM (#5747521)
Is it just to raise awareness?
I see what you did there.
   36. My name is Votto, and I love to get blotto Posted: September 19, 2018 at 03:31 PM (#5747580)
Next season they'll have a special night for deaf people where the stadium PA is turned up really loud.


Hilarious.
   37. Ziggy's screen name Posted: September 19, 2018 at 03:42 PM (#5747591)
Okay humor geniuses, it's not really as stupid as it sounds (although it would have been much better with real braille). They signed them after the game and sold them for charity (presumably to benefit the blind).
   38. JimMusComp likes Billy Eppler.... Posted: September 19, 2018 at 03:51 PM (#5747597)
This thread is pure gold.
   39. geonose Posted: September 19, 2018 at 04:23 PM (#5747623)
A few years ago my company was compelled to make some building modifications to comply with the ADA. One of the first things they did was put up cards written in 2-D Braille next to the elevator UP and DOWN call buttons . I thought that was fairly asinine.

In all fairness, these cards were temporary and later replaced with permanent metal placards with raised Braille lettering. But I never did understand the point of the temporary 2-D cards. For whom were they supposed to be of use?
   40. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 19, 2018 at 04:30 PM (#5747628)
For whom were they supposed to be of use?
The installers, to show them where to put the real Braille placards.
   41. geonose Posted: September 19, 2018 at 04:53 PM (#5747641)
I guess. If it weren't for those 2-D cards, they might have put UP next to DOWN and vice versa.
   42. Zach Posted: September 19, 2018 at 06:55 PM (#5747708)
Morgana begs to differ.
   43. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: September 19, 2018 at 07:05 PM (#5747718)
Best thread of the year so far..

Like Snapper, once I learned the jerseys actually had
Braille for the sighted?
(is that even a thing?) I was going to go all in on some snark, but every decent line I could think of was already posted, but man #27 has got to win this thing thus far.
   44. PreservedFish Posted: September 19, 2018 at 08:11 PM (#5747776)
Best thread of the year so far..


I'm not seeing it.
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   46. Howie Menckel Posted: September 19, 2018 at 09:22 PM (#5747824)
I am SO going to hell after reading this thread
   47. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 09:32 PM (#5747835)
Around the time I moved to London, the BBC added some programming where there was a person interpreting in BSL (British Sign Language) off to the side of the screen. I found it pretty distracting and wondered why they did this as opposed to just having subtitles (for what it's worth, I have pretty lousy hearing and watch a lot of t.v. with closed captioning anyway). This article has a decent explanation of why they choose to use BSL rather than subtitling, as well as a screenshot of what I'm talking about for those who are having trouble picturing it.

Many people ask why sign language over subtitling? The reason is quite straightforward: BSL is the first or preferred language of many Deaf people in the UK. Moreover, BSL is quite different from English, with its own grammar, phonology and syntax - the language is three-dimensional, expressing meaning in simultaneous layers. Facial expression and body language are an integral part of the language also - what is spoken in 10 words can sometimes be conveyed with a single expression.
   48. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: September 19, 2018 at 09:36 PM (#5747837)

I agree. It's a 2-D depiction of braille.

I guess, but that's pretty pointless.

Actually, it's nothing but points.
   49. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 19, 2018 at 10:06 PM (#5747870)
BSL (British Sign Language)
Is that basically American Sign Language with a bunch of unnecessary u's and the "er" switched to "re"?
   50. Nasty Nate Posted: September 20, 2018 at 04:44 PM (#5748312)
They should use a Braille baseball for Chris Davis.
   51. DanG Posted: September 20, 2018 at 07:56 PM (#5748437)
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I don't think this is real Braille. I'm running my hand over my screen and I still can't read it.
   52. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 20, 2018 at 09:50 PM (#5748512)
I don't think this is real Braille. I'm running my hand over my screen and I still can't read it.
That's because you're not blind. Duh!

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