The top brass of San Miguel Corporation have made it clear, they want another Grand Slam under the name of their company.
San Miguel, aside from being the league’s winningest franchise with 27 titles tucked under its belt, also holds the distinction of being the 2nd PBA team to accomplish the rare feat after the legendary Crispa Redmanizers did the trick twice – in 1976 and 1983.
The Beermen, then powered by former Northern Consolidated Cement (NCC) stalwarts Hector Calma, Yves Dignadice, Samboy Lim and Elmer Reyes, won the triple crown in 1989.
Magnolia, then known as the San Mig Coffee Mixers and also a part of the SMC Group, won all the crowns during the league’s 39th season. The Hotshots actually won 4 straight titles, from the 2013 Governor’s Cup all the way to the next season’s staging of the same conference.
“Two down, one to go. Ipa-paalala ko lang ang aking munting kahilingan. Simple lang. Isang Grand Slam,” said San Miguel Brewery president Bobby Huang during the Beermen’s victory party.
“Congratulations sa inyong lahat. Napakaganda ng laro na ito. Nabigyan niyo talaga ng sobrang entertainment ang mga kababayan natin. Ang masaya dito at ang mabuting nangyari, napakaganda ng laro na yet yung mga players natin, malinis ang laro. Walang dirty plays,” said SMC president Ramon Ang.
Despite the tremendous pressure suddenly thrust on his shoulders, SMB coach Leo Austria wholeheartedly embraced the challenge of top management.
“After first conference and second conference, alam ko na kung ano gusto niyong mangyari. We have a common goal. Magkita-kita uli tayo sa next conference at suportahan natin ang ating koponan. We will do our best,” said the 8-time PBA champion mentor during his speech.