This week we talk to Jim Shannon. In case you haven’t figured it out, the Shannon brothers are well, twins. We’re not sure if Jim is younger or older, and in fact, we can’t even really tell them apart when they’re not wearing their respective baseball hats. They make up a good chunk of the Blandsford Barnburners who are in the hunt for their third World Championship this season. They previously won in Spring 2009 and Spring 2010. They’re better in the cooler weather.
Nickname: When you’re this good, nicknames are considered to be irreverent
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Resides: Harrisonburg, VA
Employer: James Madison University
Bats: Check my stats
Throws: Check those too
How did you find PWL?: It found me
Batting Avg: .481
Awards: POTW Winner
TWIF: What is your favorite baseball team and who is your favorite baseball player of all time?
JS: Chicago Cubs, and favorite player of all time is John McGraw. Google him.
TWIF: North side or south side?
JS: Well, since I have above a 5th grade education and since I have all my teeth, North side. At a game on the southside, tailgating consists of eating stale peanuts in the car while praying to God you don’t get robbed at gunpoint.
TWIF: What is your favorite thing about wiffleball?
JS: The look on DiCrosta’s face when I take him deep. He gives me a stare with those dead eyes of his.
TWIF: Have you ever done anything under the bleachers you’re not proud of?
JS: No, nothing what like Colin did behind the stage in high school.
TWIF: If a plane crashed on the field while landing, what team would you want it to take out and why?
JS: NWO, for reasons we’re all aware of. But of course, half of that roster never existed in the first place, so we’d suffer the least number of casualties.
TWIF: You’ve been nominated back-to-back weeks for Player of the Week to start off this season. You seem to be seeing the ball well. Lifetime your brother has won more awards, Rookie of the Year, two POTW to your one POTW. And yet, in career numbers you’ve got him by 45 points of AVG, 134 points in SLG, and have hit 2 more homers than him. Is it just that he’s more likeable in a public vote? Does he have better success with the ladies?
JS: The thing it comes down to, Chris, is that I just put my hard hat on every ballgame and do what I can to win. It’s not about the numbers, although mine are, in fact, that much better than his. The fact is that his numbers have been dropping ever since his rookie year, and I fear that he may be in the twilight of his career…