The Jet Courier Melbourne Aces' remarkable rise this season has come on the back of some huge off-season signings. One of the biggest additions to Melbourne's roster this season has been Australian baseball stalwart Allan de San Miguel.
Having won six Claxton Shields with the Perth Heat, which include four titles in the newly revamped Australian Baseball League (ABL), this Championship Series feels a little different for the Aces catcher.
"Growing up in Perth and winning all those Championships in Perth was something extremely special and I'll always treasure it" shared de San Miguel.
"We created a special dynasty out in Perth. Now for myself, it's time to carry it on into Melbourne and start up something fresh and new here, it's kinda like a new beginning."
The Aces catcher has yet again produced another great season at the plate. Most impressively, de San Miguel came in 2nd in the ABL with 26 RBI's. He also registered six home-runs on the season with a batting average of .214 and a slugging percentage of .419. A proven veteran of the big stage, it's no surprise that de San Miguel is relaxed and ready heading into the weekend.
"I'm always very confident, it's a very familiar place for me. I've been here many times and I'm looking forward to it. It's always exciting playing for a championship" said de San Miguel.
"We're gonna go about our business and bring home a championship for everyone in Victoria."
After Brisbane's 18-2 victory over the Bite in game three of the Preliminary Series and the Bandits notable 19-4 victory earlier in the season against the Aces, Brisbane's offensive firepower has shown its potential. However de San Miguel is simply not phased.
"Well at the end of the day they also play in a sandbox."
"We're playing in a tiny little stadium so yeah the numbers are going to be inflated."
While the Aces' catcher is not waivered by the Brisbane offence, he is wary of some of the Bandit's stars.
"One of the main guys to worry about is Aaron Whitefield, you need to keep him off the bases because he's a spark plug for that club…Logan Wade is also a dangerous hitter. They've got a whole bunch of lefties who we need to watch."
"Their pitching is pretty weak compared to ours, and I think our bats will match up pretty well to their pitching" shared de San Miguel.
The last time the Aces were in a Championship Series, Melbourne found themselves on the losing side with Allan de San Miguel a victor as a member of the Heat. The veteran catcher's experience will likely fill the Aces with confidence as they attempt to win their first ABL title in the new competition.
However, as de San Miguel well knows;
"When it comes to finals baseball, anything can happen."