“It was surreal,” a New York Yankees fan’s old Tweet helps to launch Derek Jeter’s social media presence

Jeffrey Guity was contacted by his cousin via text message. New York Yankees Legend Derek Jeter tweeted it to him to announce his arrival through social media. He thought it a prank.

Guity posted his belief that Jeter should get on social media eight years ago. He didn't think twice about it.

“Derek Jeter doesn't have any excuse not to have a Twitter account.” Guity tweeted December 2014

Guity, a 31-year old Yankees fan living in Connecticut who works in an Amazon warehouse, felt Jeter would be a positive presence online after Jeter retired in 2014.

“I thought he would take up the Kobe [Bryant] Guity stated that this was the best route. “Kobe became more active on social media in the last few years and certainly after he retired. Jeter's playing career was over so I thought he might have more time to interact with his fans.

To poke fun at himself, Jeter used Guity's tweet of 2014 when he opened his social media accounts Tuesday.

Guity learned about the tweet 24 hour later when his family and close friends began to reach out.

Guity stated, “It was surreal.” “How did he find it?” I'm just an average Yankees fan from Connecticut. Was he able to search Twitter for answers about himself? Why has it taken him so long to find the right answer? I had so many questions.”

Guity did not respond to Jeter on Twitter because of his aversion for publicity and the spotlight. But Guity said nothing has changed about his life in those days after Jeter quote-tweeted him.

Guity stated that she spent most of her time reading hilarious responses to Jeter's tweet, and articles about Jeter's first day on social networking. “I am glad that I have earned some internet points.”


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