MANILA, Philippines – One of the most dominant players in the history of the PBA, Eric Menk, officially hung up his sneakers on Sunday after playing 16 memorable seasons in the league.
Menk confirmed his retirement on Saturday, and on Sunday, he was honored by the Alaska Aces – the last team he played for – and the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings – the team he spent most of his career with – in an emotional halftime ceremony.
Former teammates like Danny Seigle, Jimmy Alapag, and Harvey Carey showed up, while Mark Caguioa and JJay Helterbrand left the Ginebra dugout early to honor Menk. The entire Alaska team also made an appearance, and team owner Fred Uytengsu was among the many who spoke glowingly of Menk in a video tribute.
"I'm just very blessed to play in the PBA for as long as I have," said Menk, who entered the PBA in 1999 and played until 2016.
"I want to thank Alaska for putting this thing together. It's good to see all the Ginebra fans. I haven't played for them for five years but the response I've gotten the last few days from many of their fans and former teammates and former coaches has been overwhelming," he added.
"It's been a dream come true to play as long as I have, to play in front of you guys."
Menk was the PBA Most Valuable Player in 2005, and won four championships – all of them with Ginebra. He was also a 10-time All-Star and earned Best Player of the Conference honors three times in his career.
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