PHOENIX — Cubs players got their first look Thursday at Piniella’s starring role in a bottled-water commercial in which he pitches a fit with an umpire, gets ejected, throws a base and then cools off with a cold bottle of water as he strolls off the field.
The commercial aired in the Cubs clubhouse Thursday afternoon, getting cheers and shouts -- ``Hey, Lou!’’ and ``That’s good [stuff] right there!’’ -- from the guys in the main part of the clubhouse as Piniella watched from his office while talking to beat writers.
``There you go,’’ he said, stopping his answer to a question and nodding toward the TV in his office. ``That’s what I needed [Wednesday] night, was some water when I went into the press room. Where was the Aquafina when I needed it?’’
As if on cue, closer Ryan Dempster poked his head in the office and said, ``That was beautiful.’’