What's the difference between the Red Sox and the White Sox? The answer is Sam Dexter.

A lot of Central and Southern Mainers are going to be changing the team they cheer for after this recent MLB first-year player draft pick.

Sam Dexter, a recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine and a graduate of Messalonskee High School in Oakland, was drafted to the White Sox this past Saturday afternoon, June 11.

Immediately my Facebook newsfeed was filled with congratulations and I texted Sam to find out the details.

Early that morning, Sam said he was getting antsy waiting. He slept in until 10:30am and then took a walk before sitting himself in the kitchen at home in Oakland to listen to the live audio of the draft online. His name came across the screen in the 23rd round picked by the Chicago White Sox and he was excited, to put it mildly.

Sam has been waiting for this his whole life. He started playing baseball at the young age of 4-years-old. From the beginning, it was clear he was gifted at the sport. During our senior year of high school at Messalonskee, the Eagles took the state championship.

After that, Sam went on to not only play, but thrive as a star player for the University of Southern Maine. Dexter was a two-time Little East Conference Player of the Year, two-time New England Region Player of the Year, named National Player of the Year by D3baseball.com and the list of accomplishments goes on.

"I had an idea the White Sox were interested. They never tell you 100% though," Sam said. "They said they'd call me before they drafted but they didn't, he called right after."

Sam knew his whole family would have been listening as well and be ready to celebrate by the time they returned home that day.

With the weight off of his shoulders of where his immediate future was headed, Sam was surprised that he'd gotten picked so early in the draft, but excited to start his new journey.

I think I can say with quite a bit of certainty that a decent portion of Central Maine will be switching which Sox they cheer for from now on!

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