"I don't care what the perception is. All I know is what goes on here. I've been doing this for 42 years. I don't care what anybody on the outside thinks. I know how to get it done in the clubhouse. I've been doing it a lot longer than a lot of people."
Collins corrected a report alleging that Valdespin attempted to worm his way out of his first pinch-hit appearance the following day, in which Pirates reliever Bryan Morris plunked him with a retaliatory fastball. In reality, Collins said, Valdespin wanted only to avoid a second trip to the plate, with his forearm swelling two innings after Morris hit him.
"He was down in the dumps the other day because he got hit, and he had a tough time understanding why everybody was upset about it," Collins said. "He's better today. He's feeling better today."
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