First Call: Antonio Brown postpones his Pittsburgh concert; a Steelers GM candidate is out of the mix

In Thursday’s “First Call,” Pittsburgh Steelers fans are going to have to wait for the triumphant return of Antonio Brown. One candidate to replace Kevin Colbert as Steelers general manager is out of the running. An ex-Penguin burns the New York Rangers in Round 2 of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

And a trio of former Pirates put on a pitching display in Baltimore.


Saw this coming

I know you are going to be shocked to hear this, but Antonio Brown is going to show up late for something in Pittsburgh.

No It’s not a team meeting or appearance. Or even his own radio show.

This time, it’s his own concert. AB is delaying his scheduled performance of his new rap album “Paradigm” at Enclave on the South Side. It was supposed to be Friday, but now it’s being pushed back until June 3

According to EnclaveBrown had to postpone because he was “delayed” in Dubai with boxer Floyd Mayweather.

Brown posted an Instagram story Wednesday about the concert.

“You know I would never play you guys,” Brown said. “It is always love there. That’s where we started, that’s where we gonna finish. I’m coming June 3. … I want to see all my Steelers fans, all the love. We gonna break bread and music, fashion, life, football and everything. June 3, Pittsburgh. AB will never let you down.”

Eh, I’d say going scorched earth on the franchise and conducting a three-month long temper tantrum to force your way out of town in 2018-19 might have been letting people down.

But who am I to split hairs?


Removing Riddick

Pitt product Louis Riddick confirms he is “out” as a Steelers general manager candidate. That’s according to Andrew Stockey of WTAE.

The confirmation comes on the heels of a New York Post story saying that Riddick is going to keep doing color analyst work on NFL broadcasts with ESPN. He is going to be on a second unit with Steve Levy and Dan Orlovsky. Orlovsky will replace Brian Griese who left the booth to become the San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks coach.

That crew got bumped down a rung on the ladder after ESPN paid big bucks to land Troy Aikman and Joe Buck.

The Post’s Andrew Marchand reports that “the first game with the crew of Levy, Riddick and Orlovsky will be the second week of the season. ‘Monday Night Football’ has a doubleheader that week, and Buck and Aikman are expected to call the Titans-Bills game on ESPN. Levy, Riddick and Orlovsky would be on the Vikings-Eagles game on ABC.”


‘Cole’ in the Rangers’ stockings

Penguins fans are likely still smoldering after their team was eliminated by the New York Rangers in the first round of the NHL playoffs.

For those that want to see the Rangers’ stay in the postseason end as soon as possible, they were probably happy with the results in Raleigh, NC on Wednesday night.

The Carolina Hurricanes beat the Rangers 2-1 in overtime of Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series. And it was former Penguin Ian Cole who scored the game-winning goal.

For Cole, that was his first playoff goal since his days in Pittsburgh. He scored the opening goal of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final in 2016. The Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks that night, 3-1.


Ex-Bucco battle

A pair of ex-Pirates squared off on the mound in Baltimore on Wednesday night. They both pitched pretty well.

Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees beat Jordan Lyles and the homesteading Orioles 3-2. Both pitchers completed seven innings. Both only allowed two earned runs. Neither pitcher walked a batter. Cole had five strikeouts. Lyles had eight. Cole picked up the win to improve to 4-0 with an ERA of 2.89. Lyles dropped to 2-4 with a 4.11 ERA.

Cole got some defensive help from Marwin Gonzalez.

A third ex-Pirates pitcher, Clay Holmes, picked up the save for the Yankees.

That was Holmes’ third save of the year. He worked two scoreless innings.

Tim Benz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tim at tbenz@triblive.com or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless specified otherwise.

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