It was great reading Grant's early memories of the 1989 NLDS, because those are some of my first memories of baseball related events too - however I have completely different memories. I was born in Chicago, and my parents were die hard Cubs fans (now die hard Giants fans) - so naturally I was rooting for the Cubs at that point. My favorite player growing up was Ryne Sandberg (at least I don't have the Rickey Henderson stench on my childhood).
I distinctly remember two homeruns from that series - the first was I believe a 3 run homerun from Will Clark off Greg Maddux in Game 1. I remember feeling like the series was over at that point. It seems now even without looking at the box score that the game must have been 7-0 after that HR, which feels like it was in the 3rd or 4th inning. Somehow I implicitly knew if Greg Maddux was getting killed, the Cubs had no shot. I have this vision in my head of the camera zooming in on Maddux's face after Will Clark hit it, and just seeing complete surrender. I'm pretty sure they pulled him after that at bat.
The other homerun I remember was from Matt Williams. We were actually at this game. I remember him fouling off what seemed like 20 pitches in a row to finally hit a homerun that just barely cleared the fence in left field. I remember the crowd at Candlestick because it felt like the tension rose with every single foul ball.