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Even though retirement isn’t in his plans, Knuble reaching 1,000-game mark is a chance to reflect on a career that for so long seemed to be going nowhere. All it took for that to change was opportunity.

“As a young kid, you’re just so far down the road and going through it all,” Knuble said. “I do appreciate it, and I understand it. It’s been a good road. It’s been a fun road.”