Nelly makes personal plea to Bryce Harper to sign with Cardinals

Free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper with Nelly, Dec. 1, 2018, in Las Vegas after a Nelly concert.

There aren’t many St. Louis Cardinals fans who can make a personal plea to Bryce Harper to wear the Birds on the Bat. Nelly can.

And did.

Harper, a free-agent outfielder and Las Vegas native, was in Sin City on Saturday night for a concert featuring Florida Georgia Line and Nelly, a St. Louisan and outspoken Cardinals fan. They met after the show.

Nelly took the opportunity to pitch Harper on the Cardinals — and to provide whatever negotiating support might be needed by the team. The rapper made the Cards’ brass aware of his legwork via Instagram.