San Miguel Beer has shattered one record after another in the PBA. With a formidable lineup bannered by reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, it seems that there is nothing the Beermen haven't done.
Well, except a Grand Slam.
That's why San Miguel Brewery president Bobby Huang challenged the Beermen to win a treble this season after winning an unprecedented five straight Philippine Cup titles a few days ago.
"I only have one wish. Win a Grand Slam," said Huang during the team's victory party on Monday.
The Beermen fell short of achieving the rare feat after bowing to Ginebra and Justin Brownlee in the quarterfinals of the Governors' Cup in 2017.
Can the Beermen make it this time?
SMB head coach Leo Austria is embracing the challenge but said the Beermen are not trying to get ahead of themselves.
"If we help each other, we can do that. But we're not thinking about it right now," Austria said.
The Beermen are taking a few more days off before plunging into practice on Monday to prepare for the Commissioner's Cup. They are not seeing action until June 5.
SMB is bringing in Charles Rhodes, who helped the team win the mid-season crown two years ago and put them on the cusp of a grand slam before they fell to Ginebra in the Governors' Cup. Although they have little time to prepare with their import, Austria believes familiarity will make a world of difference.
Sister team Magnolia, then known as the San Mig Coffee Mixers, was the last team to win a grand slam, pulling it off in the 2013-14 season.