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Ask any Red Sox player past or present how many dents there are in The Wall and the numbers vary wildly from 850 (Jonny Gomes) to 10 million (Dustin Pedroia).
Nobody knows. Nobody has tried to accurately count the dents — until now.
While the team was on the road, The Globe rented a two-man telescopic boom lift and attempted to hand-count the entire 231-foot-long wall.
The Globe also shot a series of photos and sent them to ImageGraphicsVideo, a Silicon Valley company that uses imaging software designed by Dynamic Ventures Inc…
Maybe the groundskeeper knows how many dents there are in The Wall? Dave Mellor winces at the question.
“Those are called dimples, they’re not called dents because of Bucky Effin’ Dent,” said Mellor…
Dynamic Ventures counted 164,630 dents using multiple algorithms to detect density, radius, size, and depth of the dimples. Some spots had been hit at least six times, they said.
“That is conservative,” said Vlad Avanu, software development project manager “It cannot be 100% accurate for sure.”
The Globe’s low-tech estimate is 211,044, which comes from hand counting 33 of the 116 2-foot-wide panels, and estimating the rest.
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