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Monday, August 25, 2014

Fenway Park: How many (bleeping) dents are in The Wall?

Random Frequent Flyer Dents!

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.

The District Attorney Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:49 PM | 17 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. TerpNats Posted: August 25, 2014 at 07:11 PM (#4778985)
Late August, you're out of it...time for some navel-gazing.

Then again, with the Bosox and their media corps, it's always time for navel-gazing.
   2. The Clarence Thomas of BBTF (scott) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 07:12 PM (#4778986)
You're just jealous that no stadium has as many dings in it!
   3. McCoy Posted: August 25, 2014 at 07:26 PM (#4778992)
Really? Nobody? Okay . . . . .

COUNT DA DINGZZZZ!
   4. Jim Wisinski Posted: August 25, 2014 at 07:38 PM (#4778997)
“Those are called dimples, they’re not called dents because of Bucky Effin’ Dent,” said Mellor…


After three championships in the last decade I think it might be time to let that go a bit.
   5. Batman Posted: August 25, 2014 at 07:44 PM (#4778999)
They should call them Cys after Denton ####### Young.
   6. The Yankee Clapper Posted: August 25, 2014 at 07:45 PM (#4779001)
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.

That sounds like lousy methodology - are all the panels equally likely to be hit? Probably not, but I suppose it's not the most inaccurate thing in today's paper.
   7. Scott Lange Posted: August 25, 2014 at 07:52 PM (#4779004)
That sounds like lousy methodology - are all the panels equally likely to be hit?


Did they say their method assumed all panels were equally likely to be hit?
   8. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: August 25, 2014 at 08:07 PM (#4779007)
All in all, it's just another dent in the wall?
   9. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: August 25, 2014 at 08:11 PM (#4779009)
I can't get too bothered by Bucky or Boone or anyone else anymore.

I've always heard them called dimples though.
   10. Random Transaction Generator Posted: August 25, 2014 at 08:34 PM (#4779018)
I'd be impressed if the next version of MLB video games had those "dimples" mapped out on the Green Monster.
(Do they do anything special with the ivy in Wrigley Field? Can a ball get "lost" in that, or is it just a texture mapping on a flat surface?)
   11. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 25, 2014 at 09:12 PM (#4779033)
I read the news today, oh boy
Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire
And though the holes were rather small
They had to count them all
Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall...
   12. shoewizard Posted: August 26, 2014 at 08:48 AM (#4779165)
Mike Trout:

“I’ve hit it a couple of times . . . it feels good.”


I totally understand what he's talking about....kinda.

Back in the 80's I used to play Softball at the Taipei American school. Short right field porch, there was a Gym directly down the right field line. It was a cement block structure with a Tin roof. On the side of the building from about 2/3 's up there were also Tin loovers, or slats for ventilation. Hit those Tin Louvers it was a homer. Off the cement block was in play.

I can't even begin to describe how good it felt when you hit a deep line drive that banged into those louvers. The sound it made, the feeling of how well you had to hit it to make that sound.......just awesome.....in a beer league kinda way. Given my 1/1000th level of talent compared to a guy like Trout, I know the feat is not comparable, but the feeling seems to be, somehow.
   13. just plain joe Posted: August 26, 2014 at 11:23 AM (#4779254)
All right, a Pink Floyd reference and a Beatles reference within 2 hours. Isn't this much more fun than the endless kvetching about whether bicyclists are the scum of the earth or whether we should all be forced to use public transportation?
   14. bigglou115 Posted: August 26, 2014 at 01:05 PM (#4779353)
@13 Who wants us to be forced to use public transportation? I demand they show themselves and debate me for 150 posts in this thread that has nothing to do with public transportation!
   15. Bitter Mouse Posted: August 26, 2014 at 01:21 PM (#4779370)
#11 is good, but #8 is Primey worthy. Very nice snapper!
   16. Dan Lee is some pumkins Posted: August 26, 2014 at 01:57 PM (#4779394)
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.
It's this kind of fiscal responsibility that's going to save the newspaper industry!
   17. PreservedFish Posted: August 26, 2014 at 02:03 PM (#4779397)
I like that they failed in that attempt, too.

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