Kikuchi-san was a hero of his own time with this play earlier in the tournament
Kikuchi-san was a hero of his own time with this play earlier in the tournament

The Legend of Zelda is just one iconic Nintendo franchise that's earned millions of fans around the world. The Triforce logo, the classic music, Link, Zelda - all are well known throughout popular culture. Baseball fans had a fun reminder of that this week.

It popped up in the World Baseball Classic semi-final this week between USA and Japan at Dodger Stadium in LA. The venerable arena is the closing venue for an event that's spanned multiple countries over the past few weeks as various nations have competed in mini-leagues and now the knock-out stages. Ryosuke Kikuchi, when coming out to bat in that match, had the iconic Legend of Zelda theme played on the stadium's organ; the result was captured by Adam Conover for all to enjoy, though as he was 'dying' we hope he's ok...

Being based in the UK this writer was watching bleary-eyed in the early hours of the morning - it was a fun moment when this music played, and there were a few other funky tunes given the organ treatment throughout the match.

It seemed like a terrific occasion, though tough conditions and quality pitching meant it was a low-scoring affair with Team USA winning through to the final in a 2-1 ball game. They'll play Puerto Rico in the final.

[via twitter.com]