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Gamecock great Jackie Bradley Jr. writes about joining a new club on Twitter

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South Carolina baseball great and Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hits at Founders Park with the Gamecocks on Jan. 29 as they prepare for the 2016 season.
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South Carolina baseball great and Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hits at Founders Park with the Gamecocks on Jan. 29 as they prepare for the 2016 season.

Jackie Bradley Jr. was so excited about joining a new club that the former South Carolina Gamecocks star baseball player had to share his excitement with the rest of the world.

No, the Boston Red Sox didn’t trade their center fielder. But Bradley is part of a new club, a very elite club.

The Chick-fil-A A-List.

Most people who are from, or have lived in the South have an affinity for Chick-fil-A. Bradley is no exception.

He had to brag about his elite status on Twitter Wednesday.

“I love you @chickfila @chickfila5pts ... that is all. Carry on,” Bradley tweeted.

The invite-only club “is a VIP program meant to honor our best and most loyal customers!” is how it’s described on Chick-fil-A’s website, adding “You’re one in a million. You are second to none.”

The program is so secretive that many customers don’t even know it exists, according to smile.io.

According to the website, members of the A-List are entitled to:

  • Eat chicken and receive more treats. We are excited to extend treats for your choice of some of your favorites and the ability to track progress on this site or in-app.
  • We will take you behind-the-scenes through our monthly, exclusive A-List publication, 461 Central.
  • We appreciate you and one of the ways we want to show our appreciation is by extending surprise treats, “Just Because.” These treats will be extended by your local Chick-fil-A.
  • A-Listers are invited to exclusive experiences throughout the year. Whether the opportunity is in your community or in another state, we look forward to hosting you!

One of Bradley’s former USC teammates took notice of the news. Michael Roth, like Bradley, a hero to the Gamecocks’ back-to-back College World Series championship teams applauded his friend’s status.

“Now that is big time!” Roth wrote on Bradley’s Twitter feed.

Bradley received congratulations, questions and even directions to Massachusetts Chick-fil-A locations from people on Twitter.

He responded to them, Roth specifically, by doubling down on his devotion to the extremely popular fast food chain.

“It's because they felt bad for my addiction,” Bradley tweeted.

It looks like Bradley will have the opportunity to check out Chick-fil-A’s near Fenway Park. That’s because the Red Sox haven’t moved the superb defensive player in spite of rumors to the contrary throughout the offseason.

Few players still under contract have been included in so much speculation during the hot stove season as Bradley. There was a recent rumor that the Red Sox would trade Bradley for the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig.

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Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (25) takes the field before a game assign the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park. Bob DeChiara USA TODAY

The trade rumors are partially because Bradley is a quality outfielder, who is a plus defender in center field, and a dangerous – if inconsistent – threat with the bat in his hands. It’s also because he’s eligible for free agency following the 2020 season.

But that isn’t happening this offseason, at least that’s what Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski is saying.

“I don’t know where those (Bradley trade) rumors started, but they’re not accurate,” Dombrowski told reporters at the winter meetings. “I can say we have interest in our players and people have asked about our players, often. But I would say we’re very happy with our outfield.”

In his breakout season, Bradley hit .267 with 26 home runs and 87 RBIs. He earned an All-Star Game appearance.

But in 2017, his numbers dropped. Bradley hit .245 with 17 homers and 63 RBIs.

Bradley Jr. helped the Gamecocks win back-to-back national titles in 2010 and 2011 and was named the Most Outstanding Player in the 2010 College World Series.

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