‘Jeopardy!’: Ken Jennings Shows Off Seattle Mariners Fandom During 2021 Opening Day

by Chris Haney

Like many other Americans today, legendary Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings is pumped for the 2021 MLB Opening Day games.

Jennings is a native of the Seattle, Washington area, and a huge baseball fan. Naturally, that means he’s a longtime supporter of the Seattle Mariners. Although the Mariners have had some rough seasons in recent history, the interim host of Jeopardy! is no fair-weather fan.

In fact, Jennings made sure to wake up and don some Mariners gear to kick off the day right. The Jeopardy! champion shared a great pic of himself standing outside while wearing a Mariners hoodie and baseball cap. The diehard Seattle fan even joked he’d be the team’s starting shortstop in tonight’s game.

“Looks like it’s going to be a beautiful night for @Mariners baseball. (I am starting at shortstop.) #SeaUsRise,” Jennings wrote on Twitter.

The Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants are facing off later tonight for each team’s first game of the season. It’s the first of a three-game series, and there’s a possibility Jennings and his teenaged son will be in attendance.

‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Ken Jennings Jokes About Disowning His Son

A few weeks ago, Ken Jennings posted a hilarious exchange with his son after he disrespected his father’s beloved Seattle Mariners.

Previous to Opening Day, Jennings’ son, Dylan, asked his dad if they could go to the Mariners’ first home game. Jennings asked his son about Seattle’s game day protocols because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He asked Dylan if the organization is allowing 25% capacity so that fans can spread out from one another. That’s when Dylan shot back a witty response that Jennings didn’t exactly appreciate. His son said that the team is allowing 9,000 fans to attend the Opening Day game. Additionally, Dylan added, “So 100%,” making fun of the team’s typical poor attendance even in non-COVID times.

The former Jeopardy! guest host shared a screenshot of the pair’s short text conversation to his Twitter account. Then, he made sure to include a hilarious response for his fans and followers.

“My son is kicked out of the family, effective immediately,” Jennings amusingly wrote.

No word yet on whether or not Jennings fulfilled his son’s request to attend tonight’s game. After amusingly “disowning” his son, Jennings might have chosen a different family member or friend to go to the game with on Opening Day.