NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — It’s been years since the New York Mets have made it to the playoffs, so you can imagine why fans of the Amazins are so excited as the team from Queens takes on the Dodgers in Los Angeles Friday night.

As WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported, Mets fans are glowing with confidence as their team launches into the playoffs, and you’d be amazed at their fan base.

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“Flew like a butterfly, sting like a bee; the Mets will whoop the Dodgers in three,” said Muhammad Ali impersonator and Mets fan Bobin Selmo.

And fellow fan Steve Gillmore backed him up.

“Great pitching, the hitting is coming around, so things are looking up finally,” said Gillmore.

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At J&J Barbershop in Bayside, Alan Levinshon told CBS2’s Steve Overmyer that there are several keys to a good night of Mets baseball.

“Beer, baseball, and food you know, and a few female fans wouldn’t hurt,” he said.

Fans can find those things in walking distance.

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Bourbon Street is preparing for the game, they expect to sell 1,000 wings.

“I love the heart of the Mets fans, that’s what I love. The Mets fans are always so dedicated and they always love the team itself, that’s what brings the community together,” Lara Fois said.

For Senator Tony Avella, a lifelong Mets fan, Friday night couldn’t come soon enough.

“You’re a Met fan for life, you may never leave New York City, but you’re still a Mets fan,” he said.

Fans said this team reminds them of the 1986 Mets — the last time the team won the World Series.

“Their skills are great, just like Ali’s. That’s going to take those Mets to the World Series,” said Selmo.

Former Mets first basemen Ed Kranepool told 1010 WINS’ John Montone this year’s roster reminds him of the 1969 team.

“Because they were underdogs last year. They’ve been finishing last the last couple of years and they came out of nowhere,” Kranepool said. “The young fellows came around during half the season, they made a couple of deals.”

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Thrill and expectations are high.