I don't believe the distaste for VV is personal, I simply believe that its because every time he fails it reminds all of us of the Giles deal, one we had looked on with eager anticipation and excitement. Giles was a dominating reliever for the Phillies and we had every reason he would bring back a major and profitable haul. It was also going to be Klentak's first major trade as a Phillie GM and we wanted with all our hearts to believe he would be successful, part of the new breed of GM, young, analytical and progressive.
Of course it didn't hurt that he dominated in what I believe was his second start, against the Pares, when he struck out 16 in 8 innings of pitching. While Giles has had a modicum of success and young Mr. Arauz was a part time starting 2nd baseman in Boston, the Phillies have pretty much flamed out in the deal, save for an occasional decent start by VV. Didn't help that Appel, who was added to the deal late, not only failed but prematurely left the game, an emotional wreck.
Not sure about all of you but this failed deal was when those tiny little voices inside of my head said that Klentak was going to fail as a GM. Sure, you can say that VV is league average but A] Giles was way more than that as a closer with the Phils and B] many of us were excitedly following Arauz's assent through the system with anticipation and sure enough, he has not only made it to the big leagues, but as at least a part time starter.
Every time VV pitches and fails its a reminder of a deal that we needed to be successful and instead was pretty much a disappointment. It sure would be poetic justice if Appel came back with abandon and rescued this deal. Certainly VV has to be hoping this happens.