Hammerin’ Hank draws crowd on Twitter

Hank Aaron signed up to Twitter Tuesday and picked up 17,000 followers in two hours.

That didn't take long. 

A mere two hours after Hank Aaron officially joined Twitter with the handle @HenryLouisAaron, the former Braves and Brewers home run king had already amassed more than 17,000 followers — he was up to 19,000-plus by 1:45 p.m. CT.

Aaron, 79, joined the social media site Tuesday morning, tweeting out "I am officially on Twitter! I won't be posting a lot, but look forward to sharing with you," for his first and, to date, only message. 

Currently a senior vice president with the Atlanta Braves, all but one of the nine accounts he follows are baseball-related, with six of those accounts being from current or former Braves players.

Although Aaron ranks second on the all-time home run list with 755 homers, the slugger has a ways to go before he reaches that ranking on Twitter. Canadian music star Justin Bieber has 36 million followers, and singer Lady Gaga is second with 35 million.

Get to work, Hank.

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