National Hug Day is a fun-spirited day designed to unite people, but for Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis, it ended up reminding him of some bad times -- with the "help" of his teammate, of course.

In celebration of National Hug Day, a fan sent a photo to Ellis of him and ace Clayton Kershaw embracing after Kershaw pitched a shutout in San Francisco to clinch the NL West division title last season.

Ellis retweeted the photo to his followers, admiring Kershaw's ability to hold him -- a "230-pound(ish) giddy schoolboy," in his own words -- after pitching nine scoreless innings.

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.@ClaytonKersh22 pitches CG shutout and still has strength to catch and hold a 230lb(ish) giddy schoolboy. #hugday

— AJ Ellis (@AJEllis17) January 21, 2016

Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner seized the otherwise fuzzy moment as an opportunity to taunt his teammate -- because, well, that's what athletes do.

@AJEllis17 @ClaytonKersh22 @DodgerFoodie @Dodgers I think he was trying to keep you from landing on your mask! #Sniper

— Justin Turner (@redturn2) January 21, 2016

Turner is referring to an unfortunate incident that Ellis would rather forget.

While celebrating Josh Beckett's no-hitter on May 25, 2014, Ellis stepped on the catcher's mask of the day's catcher, Drew Butera, and sprained his ankle, which sidelined him for three weeks.

Ellis had some fun with Turner's conjuring of his unflattering incident, blaming Butera, who is no longer with the Dodgers.

.@redturn2 @ClaytonKersh22 better friend then @drewbutera

— AJ Ellis (@AJEllis17) January 21, 2016

Well, that was a successful celebration of National Hug Day -- with no sprained ankles, thankfully.