For writing history in a miracle comeback from a 0-3 series deficit to clinch the franchise’s 22nd PBA title, the San Miguel Beermen were fittingly rewarded with huge championship bonuses.
A team insider said that the players and the coaching staff received 10 months worth of their salary as bonus for their epic Finals victory against the Alaska Aces in the last PBA Philippine Cup.
FOX Sports tried to confirm the report but the players kept mum. Nonetheless, San Miguel’s top forward Arwind Santos gave away a clue.
“Ang masasabi ko lang, Thanks God. Yung bonus namin, kung dati huma-harvest lang kami ng mangga, ngayon may mansanas at ubas pa,” Arwind Santos told FOX Sports during Wednesday’s victory party at the SMC headquarters.
Chris Ross, the Finals MVP, described their courtesy call to SMC top honcho Ramon S. Ang, who was not around due to flu, as short and sweet but very meaningful.
“He just told us to just enjoy it (bonus), enjoy life,” Ross said.
But more than the handsome bonus they received for all their efforts, Santos and the rest of the Beermen were grateful for having a very supportive management, particularly Ang, whom he described as one-of-a-kind.
“Ang maganda kay boss RSA, yung suporta niya individually sa player, maliban sa part kami ng team, ay personal. Pinapahilot pa kami ‘nun. Pinapatawag kami para ipahilot sa manghihilot niya, para ma-refresh ang mga body namin. Bibihira yung ganong boss na personal kayong ipapatawag para sa ganun,” said Santos, who came up with another clutch trey in Game 7 similar to what he did last season.
“Nung nakuha namin yung history na ‘yun, para sa kaniya hindi nakakapagtaka kasi ang laki ng tiwala niya sa amin,” Santos added.
When nobody believed that the Beermen can still win it after losing the series’ 1st 3 games, there was Ang who firmly encouraged them to carry on and show what champions are made of.
“Ang sinabi lang niya sa amin: ang galing, salamat. Ang laki ng ngiti niya,” said Santos of their courtesy call with Ang before they headed down to party with their fans.
Ten months or not, it doesn’t really matter because to them, the monetary reward is only a fleeting gratification. What really matters to these victorious Beermen is the satisfaction of becoming the best by overcoming tremendous odds and being mentioned for writing the mother of all comebacks in basketball history even long after their huge bonuses are gone and spent and their playing careers are over.