If you know him at all, you know him as the manager of the Blandsford Barnburners. Much like Art Howe in a Billy Bean GM’d club, Gannon’s role is largely ceremonial. The Shannons have given him advice on how to “look” like he’s the manager; how to fill out the line up card, how to pretend to be “managing”, to have thoughtful expressions on his face while sitting on the bench after making an out even though his mind is far from the game.
For a time, he was the starting pitcher who replaced Jacob Tomko on the bump when Tomko was designated for assignment. But, in the new all-Shannon, only-Shannon Barnburners rotation, he and teammate Ty Fletcher serve a different role, a third warm body so they don’t have to forfeit. Make no mistake, if the rules allowed this to be a two person team, they would not have a catcher and just play two. Despite not being good at wiffleball, or apparently employable, Gannon is kind of like-able, and a few of his lady friends have visited the fields over the years. So, he’s got that going for him.
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Hometown: Manassas, Virginia
Resides: Arlington, Virginia
Employer: Bad Time to Ask :(
How did you find the PWL: Stumbled out of the woods and ended up at Ft. Reno.
Career Batting Avg: .390
Awards: Gold Glove – Fielder (Sp09), Manager of the Year (Sp11), NWLA 2nd Team Pitchers (2012)
TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
CG: Boston Red Sox/“Spaceman” Lee. I modeled my entire pitching repertoire after the Leephus.
TWIF: What is your favorite thing about wiffleball?
CG: Replaying the videos of my World Series walk-off homers when Pornhub gets a little mundane.
TWIF: Travel to Ohio or sleep in on your couch all weekend?
CG: Definitely travel to Ohio. Anyone willing to spend their 21st birthday at a Dublin, Ohio, Hooters is clearly a dedicated asset to the group, don’t you agree?
TWIF: Not when that person hits .295 in underhanded slow pitch wiffleball.
TWIF: Have you ever used a wiffleball bat for other than its intended purpose?
CG: I spent the entire first half of my career using a wiffleball bat for other than its intended purpose.
TWIF: If you could drown one player in the Potomac river, who would it be and why?
CG: Easy. Uncle Rico.
TWIF: You’re the second Barnburner manager after Jack fizzled out. It must be hard to manage, if that’s what you call what you do, a team with so many egos, who have literally known and played together since you were all kids. How do you do it, and what advice do you have for rookie managers out there after four rings?
CG: We knew Jack wasn’t going to last when he tried to bench Jim after the first game of our first season, despite Jim hitting for the cycle in the first inning. To answer your question, its not what I call what I do, but my advice to the rookie managers out there after winning four rings would be obviously to find an ultimate frisbee league or get used to annual disappointment in the form of multiple Twin dingers.