"I was all like, 'What if I took a Texans cheerleader to prom?'" Ramirez recalled asking his classmate. "He was like, that would be pretty cool."
So Ramirez sent Caitlyn a message. "If I get 10,000 retweets will you go to prom with me (insert smiley face.) you will get asked in a cute way!"
"Of course I will," responded Caitlyn, who according to Texans' policy isn't allowed to give her last name.
"Alrighttt!" Ramirez exclaimed.
Twenty-seven hours later, the high school senior who had recently broken up with his girlfriend had a date — as well as a lot a series of semi-envious, semi-genuine "attaboy" tweets from friends and dozens of new Twitter followers.
"It was just as a joke," Ramirez said. "I didn't think I was going to actually get it."
And he really didn't think it would attract attention beyond Crosby, a town of 2,300 people on the outskirts of Houston.
That one Twitter message, though, made Ramirez's prom a bit more than he originally had in mind. Not only are there TV cameras and microphones eager to talk to him about the whole thing, his date was a bit of mystery.
The Texans decided the prom would be a blind date. All Ramirez knew about Caitlyn before they met was that her favorite color is pink and she likes sushi.
The two met Saturday night at Churrascos, an upscale Latin American restaurant, for dinner before prom.
Ramirez arrived first, with his mom, Monica Cortez, and eight friends of his friends.
Then Caitlyn arrived in a limousine, and six other Texans cheerleaders in uniform were at the restaurant to support her.
Ramirez opened the limo door for her, and she stepped out and gave him a hug. They exchanged a corsage and boutonniere.
Journalists were surrounding the limo when it arrived. When asked if there would be a second date, Michael indicated that he was hopeful for one — or even a wedding, he said jokingly.
As for Caitlyn, she said, "I plead the fifth."