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: 2006 Mazda3 s GT Hatch: 115k, Gray, Manual
Gone: 2002 SVT, #1654
Hers: 2012 Focus Ti Sedan: 55k, SGM, Manual