Yankees fans fly Italian flags – backwards – for Anthony Rizzo's home debut

By , Audacy Sports

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Anthony Rizzo earned his Yankees pinstripes with a sizzling debut over the weekend in Miami -- and on Monday some of the Yankees' many Italian-American fans welcomed him to the Bronx for his first game before the home crowd.

At least a couple groups of fans were seen waving the tricolor flag of Italy during Rizzo's at-bats, as well as those of fellow new acquisition and Italian-American Joey Gallo.

While Rizzo, who was serenaded with an ovation before his first at-bat, likely appreciated the nod to his ancestry, some of the fans, including a group sat prominently behind home plate, seemed oblivious to the fact that they were actually flying the flag backwards.

They weren't the only offenders, though.

Rizzo, a Florida native, has long embraced his Italian heritage. He played for Italy in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, and has previously said his great-great grandfather was from Sicily.

"I come from a very strong Italian background, and to represent the whole country is a pretty cool experience," Rizzo said at the time.

The three-time All-Star has made light of his Italian-ness in the past, donning velour tracksuits suits and slurping down spaghetti with some of his paisans in baseball.