by Tom Swift

[Art of Fielding author and former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Luis] Apparicio believed that the number 3 had deep significance.

3. There are three stages: Thoughtless being. Thought. Return to thoughtless being.

33. Do not confuse the first and third stages. Thoughtless being is attained by everyone, the return to thoughtless being by a very few.

-Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding (2011)