I finally got around to watching the pilot for Fox's new drama "The Chicago Code." It was, as expected, like most other cop shows. It's set in a big city, people die, and no one smiles. Some viewers hated it, some loved it. I was mostly apathetic.
Not surprisingly, Caleb is a Cubs fan
Like an exhibit at the zoo, I appreciated the attempt to make the surroundings seem as natural as possible for the inhabitants, but the whole thing was painfully fake, even the "wild" animals.
This effect was only exacerbated when the characters engaged in gut-wrenchingly stereotypical baseball banter.
The protagonist, Detective Jarek Wysocki, is a White Sox fan in every way possible. He has a name you can't spell from memory and a holier-than-thou attitude. He communicates flawlessly with minorities, because, as you know, all Cubs fans are relentlessly racist. He's cheating on his current fiancee with his ex-wife and he seems a world apart from his teenage son. Naturally, he hates everything, except Chicago and making other people feel miserable about being themselves.
By comparison, Wysocki's new partner is a young, naive detective who is just happy to be along for the ride. His name is Caleb Evers, which sounds like a name no one over the age of 30 should be allowed to have. Caleb is cautiously optimistic yet seems to have no idea what he's doing at any given time. He constantly probes Wysocki about hot babes and rock bands, blissfully unaware of the dangers that surround him. Not surprisingly, Caleb is a Cubs fan.
While Wysocki chides Evers for being a yuppie North Sider, the duo rides around the city's west and south neighborhoods arresting poor people and removing dead bodies from the street (which they lovingly refer to as "speed bumps"). I'll ignore the hypocritical symbolism and move on to my point: this is how the outside world see us.
Fox had a chance to show its national audience a different Chicago, a real Chicago. They could have spotlighted the true diversity of this town (beyond skin and social class) and the people who swim through the streets like the blood through our veins. Instead, they made every Chicagoan a Wysocki or an Evers.
To them, we're just a bunch of Polacks yelling at frat boys.
Jeff Samardzioajsajsdoa has been told that he will be competing for a bullpen position with the Cubs this spring. Some have suggested that the Shark, who auditioned for a rotation spot last spring, will benefit from a defined role in the bullpen since he won't feel as much pressure to develop a third pitch to complement his fastball and fasterball.
Fox will broadcast at least nine Cubs game as part of their "Game of the Week" lineup for the 2011 season, including a July 2 game versus the White Sox at Wrigley. No word yet on whether Fox will temporary replace BP with "The Chicago Code" as the title sponsor for the Crosstown Cup.
The Boston Red Sox began registration for a random lottery to purchase tickets for the upcoming Cubs-Red Sox series in late May. I already got my ticket, AJ lives in Boston and I believe Yarbage is also making the trek to Fenway. GROTA gathering anyone?