HE cut his vacation short and traveled thousands of miles just to work on Labor Day.
Whether or not his sacrifices are worth it will be known Sunday as Arizona Reid tries to lead San Miguel Beer to another memorable comeback, this time in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals against Rain or Shine, starting in Game Four at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.
The returning import traveled for 25 hours, including 21 straight, from Florida to New York to Vancouver to Manila and arrived in the morning on the day before the Beermen seek to even the best-of-five series against the Elasto Painters and force a deciding game.
“I wasn’t expecting to be here,” admitted Reid, who was at the beach enjoying a bottle of beer with his family when he heard his agent, Sheryl Reyes, call. “When I got the call, I was watching Game Two and my agent called and said can I fly tonight?”
Worse, he almost missed his flight and didn't get his bags right away when he arrived in Manila, having to go to the nearest mall from Acropolis gym to buy rubber shoes and other essentials.
“After all San Miguel has done for me, the least I could do is come and give them effort, try to get them to the next round even though we're playing a tough and feisty Rain or Shine team that is up 2-1,” he added.
Reid, who was re-measured at 6’3” 1/8 at the PBA office where he headed straight from the airport, before going to practice, admitted he wasn’t in top form, yet promised to give his best.
“I will give what I have,” the former Best Import said. “I'm not the AZ that you saw against Alaska - no training camp, no practice.”
“But I'm not making excuses and I'm right here,” he was quick to add. “I will try to do what I do, and hopefully, come out with this win in Game Four.”
“I don't guarantee wins, but I guarantee you I'll give everything I have.”
SMB coach Leo Austria expressed confidence of prevailing against the Elasto Painters after they beat them with an all-Filipino lineup in Game Three.
“We beat them all Filipino, so what more kung may AZ?” Austria said.