In addition to being really behind on doing any Six Innings profiles this season, we’re way overdue to sit down with Jack Shannon. It’s been over two years since we talked to his older, slightly more talented, twin brother, Jim Shannon.
The original manager of the four time World Champion Blandsford Barnburners, Jack also won Rookie of the Year in his debut season. He hasn’t played bad since then, in fact, he’s been very solid, but he hasn’t been quite as much of a standout. On any other team, or in any other family, he’s no doubt the star. On the Barnburners, and as a Shannon, he’s fighting it out, literally and physically, every week to grab the top spot.
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Nickname: “Twin”…I get called “asshole” a lot, too. Is that a nickname?
Hometown: Born in Chicago, moved to Manassas as a youngster
Resides: Arlington, VA
Employer: The Hilltop Companies- consulting for financial sector
Throws: Fast as shit
How did you find the PWL: A google search in late 2008 for DC area leagues. The goal was to prove we were the best in the area. Turns out we were wrong; we’re the best in the world.
Career Batting Avg: .486
Records: T-3rd in Career HR (52), 5th in Career SLG (1.143)
Awards: 3 Player of the Week Wins, 7 Nominations, Rookie of the Year (Sp09), National 3rd Team Hitters 2011 and 2012
TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
JS: Favorite baseball team is the White Sox. Though I must admit that baseball carries me through from the end of college basketball to the beginning of college football. After August, I don’t care about any baseball. My favorite player is probably Jack Parkman.
TWIF: What is your favorite thing about wiffleball?
JS: My favorite thing about wiffleball is the fights that erupt in backyard games. The PWL needs to try to cultivate the same atmosphere. If you don’t want to whip the bat at the pitcher after striking out, then you shouldn’t be playing.
TWIF: Older twin or younger twin?
JS: I am the younger twin.
TWIF: Have you ever used a wiffleball bat for other than its intended purpose?
JS: I have used the bat for unintended purposes – which goes back to my last answer; it’s usually as a weapon against my brother
TWIF: If you could drown one player in the Potomac river, who would it be and why?
JS: I would drown the entire Oedipus team. For one, they want to bang their moms. I’m not down with incest (despite the easy Manassas joke you can make). And I’ll be honest- a couple of them look like they might’ve dipped their pen in the family ink. They also don’t show up to games anyway, so permanently ridding the league of them wouldn’t be so horrible.
TWIF: You started out your PWL career strong, winning Rookie of the Year and taking home the World Series trophy. But, since then, your brother has been in the spotlight, winning two Triple Crowns and a couple of Gold Gloves. Describe, in detail, all the ways in which he is better than you, both on and off the field.
JS: There is a horrible misconception about the relative abilities of the Shannon twins. He has 2 more career HRs than me. TWO. And he’ll get passed before this season ends and I’ll claim #2 on the all-time list. He also blows in the playoffs. His pitching is almost as bad as Nick DiCrosta’s. Off the field, he is an intellectual lightweight who had to follow his little brother to JMU.