That is... very messed up. Not even sure what's all going on there. My suggestion would be to use this as an excuse to buy a short throw shifter, check out this link.
Mine: 2004 Subaru WRX Wagon: 116k, WRB
Gone: 2002 SVT, #1654
Hers: 2012 Focus Ti Sedan: 67k, SGM, Manual