MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel has been the PBA's yardstick when it comes to winning and excellence, and what better way to assert their dominance than to accomplish a rare Grand Slam.
The triple crown will be one of the Beermen's main targets for the rest of the 2019 season after cementing their place in PBA history by becoming the first team to bag the Philippine Cup crown for the fifth straight year.
San Miguel completed its first and only hat trick of championships in 1989, and it would be fitting that it achieves the feat once more 30 years later.
"Isa lang ang hiling ko sa inyo, isang Grand Slam lang (I only have one wish, just one Grand Slam)," said San Miguel Brewery president Bobby Huang during the team's victory party inside the company headquarters in Mandaluyong on Monday, May 20.
It was a rocky All-Filipino campaign for the Beermen, who took time to jell after adding 3 keys pieces in Terrence Romeo, Paul Zamar, and Ronald Tubid during the offseason.
Barely missing the twice-to-beat playoff bonus at 5th place, San Miguel had to go through a tough three-game series against TNT in the quarterfinals before finishing a rough and physical Phoenix crew in 5 semifinals games.
The Beermen then trailed Magnolia throughout the best-of-seven finals series against Magnolia before coming out triumphant in the winner-take-all Game 7 by overcoming a 17-point deficit.
Stretching its league-leading championship haul to 26, San Miguel has stayed true to its famous slogan, "Samahang walang katulad."
"Iba-iba man ang pinanggalingan ng mga ito, isa lang ang ginawa nila. Iba talaga ang may pinagsamahan," San Miguel Corporation sports director Alfrancis Chua said.
(We may come from different backgrounds but we achieved a goal as one. It really makes a difference when we're one.)
The Beermen now turn their sights to reclaiming the Commissioner's Cup title which they last won in 2017. – Rappler.com
Delfin Dioquino dreamt of being a PBA player, but he did not have the skills to make it. So he pursued the next best thing to being an athlete – to write about them. He took up journalism at the University of Santo Tomas and joined Rappler as soon as he graduated in 2017.