Ken Harrelson took his disdain for sabermetrics to the airwaves during a lively debate with MLB Network host Brian Kenny on Thursday, and within minutes the White Sox were pushing a Hawk acronym he said is far more valuable than any crunched number or statistical analysis in baseball.
"TWTW, the will to win," the Sox broadcaster said. "You can't put numbers on those things."
Harrelson also said that "sabermetrics got a lot of people fired."
After the old-school Harrelson sat in the White Sox dugout at U.S. Cellular Field doing the interview with Kenny, a strong proponent of using metrics in baseball, "TWTW" appeared in big, bold letters on the ballpark video screen while the Sox took batting practice.
Workers in the ballpark gift shops said they had heard something about "TWTW" T-shirts and asked a reporter what TWTW stood for, but the shirts weren't available in the stores before Thursday's game.
Sox outfielder Alex Rios and pitcher Donnie Veal tweeted references to TWTW after the Sox defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 on Thursday night.